The visits are a joint project of Rydal and International Educational Opportunities, the exchange program that hosts the students in the United States. Based in Jenkintown, IEO this year sponsors 37 exchange students at nine local private schools.
Ideally, say IEO and Rydal organizers, the visits can be a two-way street, with students learning about life in America, and retirees learning about foreign cultures.
At the least they provide students with another opportunity to speak and hear English.
In some cases they get community-service credit at school for the civic engagement.
Future discussions may center on music, travel, food, religion, and medicine, said IEO program coordinator Christina Gaffney.
"The folks we have here have had amazing lives and done incredible things," said Rydal's director of life enrichment, Daniel Kaye. "When it comes to these young kids, they can show them what they have learned to be really important in life."
All but one student at the first meeting were girls attending Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy. The boy in the group attends Germantown Friends School. Most are high school juniors and seniors.
Kuehl, who retired after 47 years as a Honeywell accountant, and co-speaker Jay Karfunkle, 77, who owned a fire-safety equipment firm, spoke about what it takes to succeed in business, adding tips on how to live long, fulfilling lives.
Karfunkle, an avid bicyclist who rides every day at 5 a.m., said it's important to stay physically fit.
They advised students to pursue their passions, to "benefit other people as well as themselves," keep customers satisfied, and, oh, yeah, "Don't smoke."
Yue Fang, 17, who was born in Jiangsu, and in America is called "Eve," was the student group's most confident public speaker.
"How do you find balance between work and family life?" she asked.
"You have to super-charge your play" time, said Kuehl, who said he had visited 48 of the 50 states.
"I use exercise as a means of keeping my life in balance," Karfunkle said.
Then, with admiration for the students, he added: "I respect what you are doing. I would not want to be 10,000 miles from my home."